POWERFUL, LOUD, PERSONAL, ANGRY, GENTLE
Manchester Academy was one of only three shows in the UK for Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, in support of their third studio album “The End Of Suffering” and I was lucky enough to be there.
I arrived in time to catch main support band, H09909 pronounced Horrors apparently!! But who are the H09909? Well, they are the OGM and Eaddy, a hard-core dirty hip-hop and rap duo out of L.A. And their live set was as in your face and grimy as it gets, but in the best possible way. I’m not sure who was who, but one of them was playing with what looked like a hessian bag on his head as they launched into a set in which they traded vocals like 2 tag teamers, smacking the listener in the face with gravely rap that spat at you, and screams that almost ruptured your ear drums. The whole thing galloped along at breakneck pace. To be honest this really isn’t my thing, but I would go and see them again, maybe as someone’s plus one, because as a live act they are definitely worth seeing.
Then it was time for the excruciating wait for Frank Carter. The now packed-out Academy audience were ready, the tension was rising and then suddenly the band took to the stage followed by an almost running Frank Carter and the place erupts. They kick off the night with the first two tracks off their new album, beginning with “Why a Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider” and “Tyrant Lizard King” and I sense a slight shift in musical style with this new album, previously having their musical feet firmly planted in the realms of hard-core Punk Rock. These first two tracks, even though still having an essence of their punk roots, seem to point to a little more indie and a lot more rock and it sounds great. They follow that with “Juggernaut” from the album Blossom and now it is going off. The noise levels in the Academy are so high it must be up to 11.
Frank Carter never stops moving and throwing himself around the stage, only stopping to ask the audience to create an all female mosh pit… and then the onslaught continues, “Wild Flowers”, “Love Games”, “Anxiety”, “Neon Rust” (the first time this track has been played since 2017), “Angel Wings”, “Supervillain”, the brilliant “Kity Sucker”, “Heartbreaker”, my personal fave of the night and by the roar from the audience, maybe theirs too, “Lullaby” an awesome and quite powerful acoustic version of “Bleed”. By now, the walls seem to be melting, and then it’s a live debut for the tittle track of the new album “End Of Suffering” and the night is brought to a crashing end with the abrasive “Crowbar”.
A live gig with Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes is a true live experience; loud, powerful, personal, angry, gentle and everything in between, So if you like shows that way as I do, get to a show, you won’t regret it.
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes – Kitty Sucker
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes – Lullaby